By: Teresa Pamela G. Soriano
The PSHS-Southern Mindanao Campus held its Baccalaureate and Graduation ceremony of Batch 2019 last May 23 at the school gymnasium. The event was graced by Dr. Danilo C. Lachica, guest speaker and President of the Semiconductor and Electronics Industries in the Philippines Inc., Dr. Alan T.Ortiz, President of the SMC Global Power Holdings Corporation, San Miguel Corporation Dr. Ramon M. de Vera, President and CEO of the Mindanao Project Development Corporation, Ms. Lilia Habacon, PSHS-System Executive Director, the graduates, faculty and staff, families and friends.
The graduates, dubbed as “Dimapalong”, composed of 83 scholars who successfully finished the 6-year academic requirements of the Philippine Science High School System.
Dr. Lachica, during his inspirational speech, shared with the graduates that the Pisay core values of patriotism, integrity, service to nation, academic excellence, and youth leadership make it possible for one to succeed in life. He further challenged the graduates to be servant leaders and nation-builders, to always remember their humble beginnings even if they end up as President or Chairman of a company someday. Even so, he added, let not pride and arrogance possess them.
The ceremony ended with graduates’ original song rendition entitled “Apoy Nati’y Iisa.
This is the first time for Pisay to introduce the school and the students openly to the public. This is also our way of enticing graders to apply and soon enroll to PSHS.”
Thus were the words of PSHS SMC Campus Director Delia C. Legaspino regarding the school’s recently concluded event, the Pisay Smart-up!, last April 26, 2019 at SM City Davao.
The Pisay Smart-up!, which was the culmination of the school’s Alternative Learning Assessments (ALAs) or clubs, served as its way of opening up to the public and exhibiting the talents and skills of its students while also advertising PSHS SMC to elementary school students and encouraging them to apply and eventually enroll. The event consisted of a city-wide quiz bee, essay writing contest, and impromptu speaking contest for elementary school students.
Fourteen public and private schools around Davao City participated in the event’s activities; these schools include the following: Bago Elementary School, Davao City Special School, Davao Christian High School (CPG Campus), Davao Christian High School (V. Mapa Campus), Davao Chong Hua High School, Lighthouse Home School Network, Magallanes Elementary School, Kapitan Tomas Monteverde Elementary School, Imelda Elementary School, Montessori de Manila, South Point School, M’lang Pilot Elementary School, Los Amigos Elementary School, and Davao City Learning Center.
Winners from the different contests were awarded medals, certificates, and souvenir items such as notebooks, planners, and tumblers; those who garnered the top place from the different events were the following: champion essay writing contest — Kate Margaret Machica (Davao Chong Hua High School), champion impromptu speaking contest — Josiah Harris (Lighthouse Home School Network), and champion quiz bee competition — Weiming Chen and Hongming Chen (Davao Christian High School V. Mapa Campus).
Aside from the different contests, the students also showed their holistic side through the different intermission numbers given by the school’s Glee Club, PiTAK, and Oasias Dance Troupe and display booths by the JEM Club, Robotics Club, Sports Club, Photography Club, and Debate Club.
By: Teresa Pamela G. Soriano
Pisay SMC scholars proudly received their awards during the SEAMEO Science Olympiad at Penang, Malaysia.
A team of Filipino scholars from Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus emerged as the overall champion in the 1st SEAMEO Science Olympiad in Penang, Malaysia last March 5-8, 2019, bagging a total of 4 trophies, 4 medals and a science ambassador award.
The Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organisation (SEAMEO) Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (RECSAM) organized the said Science Olympiad which was participated by six (6) countries in Asia namely Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines.
The team composed of Linus T. Catubigan, James Charles Z. Uy, Bob Owen B. Villarin and Kyle Nathan G. Naranjo who top-scored four (4) STEM challenges with varying difficulty levels. Level 1 was an individual written assessment. Level 2 and 4 were group tasks that involve problem solving and Level 3 was an oral discussion of a Science topic. They bested 30 delegates as the team got the highest scores in the three (3) levels. Moreover, Kyle Nathan Naranjo was awarded as the Science Ambassador after getting the highest score in Level 1 written assessment.
“It was a good exposure for our scholars to be able to compete internationally with other students in the field of Science and Mathematics. We were able to measure the quality of education that we have here in the Philippines and by looking at the result, we can be at par with other countries. It was a great win for Pisay SMC and our country as well.”, said Engr. Ace Lonzaga, the team’s coach.
The 2nd SEAMEO Science Olympiad will take place on March 2021 since it is their commitment to nurture and enhance the quality of science, mathematics and technology education in SEAMEO member countries.
By: Angelica Seguerra
Justine Arao-arao, Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio together with their coach, Engr. Gian Karlo Sam receives their award as 1st placer in the National High School Investigatory Contest during the Kapnayan 2019.
Four students from Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus (PSHS-SMC) won first place in two major events in the recently concluded Kapnayan 2019 held in U.P. Los Banos, Laguna last January 14-19, 2019.
Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio, Kenji Olor and Gene Khyle Galvez bested 14 other teams for the National High School Chemistry Quiz Contest. PSHS-Main Campus Team A and PSHS-Cagayan Valley Campus trailed second and third, respectively. “It was a close match, SMC has only 5 points lead from the 2nd place,” said Engr. Gian Karlo Sam, the students’ coach.
In a different event, Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio, and Justine G. Arao-arao also won first place for the National High School Science Investigatory Project Contest. The contest focuses on the exhibition of inherent talent among the youth in terms of scientific research and academic writing. Out of the multiple investigatory projects submitted by different public and private high schools in the country, only four projects were shortlisted for the closed-door presentation.
Lorems Yrol Pedeglorio, Kenji Olor and Gene Khyle Galvez poses with the organizers after bagging the 1st place in the National High School Chemistry Quiz Contest.
Kapnayan is the 15th Chemistry Fair spearheaded by UPLB Chemical Society. This year’s theme was “Sustainable Development Through Advancement in Green Chemistry and Renewable Energy”. This activity is held every three years. PSHS-SMC had a back-to-back win for the Chemistry Quiz Contest after winning in Kapnayan 2016.